Personal Education Plans (PEPs)
Extracts taken from the Children and Young People Commission
What is a Personal Education Plan?
A personal education plan is essentially a document which details the educational needs of a looked-after child; however it forms part of a larger process of settling a child into a new environment either in foster care or residential care. The importance of the plan cannot be underestimated.
A personal education plan must include personal information about the child, including their legal status and points of contact. It can also act as a record of both academic and extra-curricular achievement on the part of the child. However, most importantly, it must state the short and long-term targets for the educational attainment and experience of the child. These targets should include any transitions in school, changes in school or care placement and these should also be time specific with clear statements as to when the targets should be achieved. Any other plans such as Individual Education Plans or Statements of Need/Education, Health Care Plans should also be attached to the personal education plan, as this will specify any additional support necessary to achieve the targets within those plans.
The information included in a personal education plan must be agreed by the child, the social worker and the designated teacher. The plan should be reviewed every six months alongside the statutory care review. The government guidance does acknowledge that the logistics of the six-monthly intervals may not suit term times.
How it works in Practice
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently aiming to ensure that a personal education plan is completed within 28 days of a child entering public care.
The responsibility for triggering a personal education plan rests with the social worker of the child that has entered care.
More information can be found here.